David Walliams to write new Sketch Show for BBC
David Walliams is to write a new sketch show for the BBC.
The Little Britain star is to return to his early roots and pen a new comedy sketch series for the channel that helped launch his career a decade ago. Walliams burst on to the scene back then with comic partner Matt Lucas and together composed characters such as Lou and Andy and stage hypnotist Kenny Craig.
The 43-yr-old actor has hopes that his new characters will be as popular as those he created for Little Britain, however, this announcement does mean the end for Walliams’ sitcom Big School, which followed the lives of teachers at a comprehensive school, and which was co-written by the star along with Catherine Tate and Philip Glenister.
Walliams reportedly said: “The BBC asked for a third series, but I asked to do a new sketch show instead, and they agreed.” A spokesman for the BBC later said: “Writing and filming a series like Big School takes up a huge amount of time and with David’s schedule being absolutely jam-packed, after two successful series the show won’t be coming back to BBC1.We are working on several new projects with David.”
The Britain’s Got Talent star has also signed a deal to turn two of his children’s books into Christmas TV specials for the BBC, following the success of Mr Stink and The Boy in the Dress in previous years.